Dinner | Dîner

By Shi Tingsheng, Saga’20

Food is a reflection of family and of culture. When I write about food, many simple but traditional dishes, along with the scene of me having dinner with my family, will always emerge in my mind.

French

Dîner, ou souper en québécois,
semble vraiment important pour moi.
L’essentiel n’est pas ce que l’on prend,
Mais d’être ensemble, ce sentiment.

Les nourritures les plus simples,
Des légumes, de la soupe, du riz ou du pain,
Avec un verre de thé à la menthe,
Me satisferont pour bien longtemps.

Mon père à ma droite, ma mère à ma gauche,
Et mon chat Minet qui gratte ma poche.
On discute de rien et de tout,
Dans une atmosphère de “ha-ha” et “miaou”.

Pas besoin de couvert exquis,
Ni de lumière splendide,
Ni d’aliments savoureux,
Ni de gens nombreux.

Avec des baguettes de différentes longueurs,
A côté d’une lampe qui étincelle le bonheur,
Je m’assois autour d’une table de deux plats,
blanc de poulet,
et choux épicés,
avec mes parents et mon chat.
C’est simple, mais suffisant,
Déjà largement.

English

Eating dinner, or supper in Quebecois French,
seems truly important to me.
What matters is not what we eat,
But the feeling of being together.

The simplest food,
Vegetables, soup, rice or bread,
With a bottle of peppermint water,
Can leave me satisfied for a long time.

My father on my left, my mother on my right,
And my cat Minet who scratches my pocket,
We discuss nothing and everything,
In an atmosphere of “ha-ha” and “miaow”.

We don’t need exquisite tableware,
Or splendid lights,
Or delicious food,
Or lots of people.

Using chopsticks of different lengths,
Beside a lamp that twinkles happiness,
I sit around a table of two dishes,
Sliced cold chicken,
Spicy cabbages,
With my parents and my cat.
It’s simple, but enough,
Far more enough.

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